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Senator Henry Clay    Henry Clay Statue
[1852 - Statesman Henry Clay,"the Great Compromiser," dies]

I implore, as the best blessing which Heaven can bestow upon me upon earth, that if the direful and sad event of the dissolution of the Union shall happen,
I may not survive to behold the sad and heart-rending spectacle.

Closing Prayer of Henry Clay,
Speech before the U.S. Senate on the Compromise Resolutions, of February 6, 1850
Life and Speeches of Henry Clay, Vol. II, page 664.

Panama Canal Designer George Washington Goethals    Panama Canal Engineer George Washington Goethals
[1858 - George Washington Goethals, Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal, born in Brooklyn]

The Panama Canal - Gatun Locks

The Panama Canal - Historic Photo
[1858 - George Washington Goethals, Chief Engineer of the Panama Canal, is born in Brooklyn, New York]

Surgeon William James Mayo    Surgeon William James Mayo    Mayo Clinic - 1914
[1861 - William James Mayo, physician, surgeon, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic, born in Le Sueur, Minnesota]

Singer Nelson Eddy    Singer Nelson Eddy
[1901 - Nelson Ackerman Eddy, actor, singer, born in Providence, Rhode Island]

Songwriter Frank Loesser    Lyricist Frank Loesser
[1910 - Frank Loesser, Pulitzer Prize-winning lyricist, songwriter, born in New York City]

Author John Toland    Author John Toland
[1912 - John Willard Toland, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, born in La Crosse, Wisconsin]

Actor Slim Pickens    Cowboy Slim Pickens
[1919 - Slim Pickens (Louis Burton Lindley, Jr.), rodeo cowboy, actor, born in Kingsburg, California]

Hitter Harmon Killebrew    Harmon Killebrew HOF Plaque    Hitter Harmon Killebrew
[1936 - Harmon (Clayton) Killebrew, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, born in ]

[1950 - President Truman authorizes a sea blockade of the North Korean coast]

Corporate Pigs At The Public Trough

pig in a suit pigs at the trough

This little corporate pig went to Iraq.
This little corporate pig stayed home.
This little pig supplied roast beef.
This little pig made a gun.
This little pig cried "Me, me, me!"
All the way to the Federal Treasury.

pigs at the trough

William's Whimsical Words:

Three guesses who feeds those pigs and cleans up after them.

Uncle Sam taking advantage of taxpayer    farmer cleaning up

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